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Freedomfried Donating Member (684 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 07:50 AM
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4. No plan to raise alert level...
(CBS/AP) Top U.S. counterterror officials say there are no plans to increase the current alert status following the attacks in London.

The Homeland Security Department says there are also no indications of an imminent attack on U.S. interests. A Homeland Security official tells CBS News Correspondent Peter Maer the government's "interagency incident management group" is meeting to "assure full situational awareness." Other officials are monitoring events in London from the White House Situation Room. A Homeland Security spokeswoman says the department is in close contact with British intelligence and other agencies.

President Bush, at the G8 summit in Scotland, had a 10-minute video conference call with National Security advisers back in the U.S., reports CBS News White House Correspondent Mark Knoller.

Terrorism analyst Neil Livingstone tells CBS radio affiliate WTOP in Washington that "it's not a question of if, but when" the U.S. will be attacked again by al Qaeda.

"This is a war that's going to have peaks and valleys," Livingstone said. "Since 9/11, nothing has happened. A lot of Americans think that Osama bin Laden's on the run, therefore we have nothing more to fear."

The explosions on London's transit system prompted heightened security on Washington's subway system. A Metro spokeswoman said officials were "ramping up security immediately," including the use of bomb sniffing dogs. Officers will have a higher visibility, she said, and will be carrying machine guns.

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